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Published: 4 August 2020

Sea transport decreased in June

The goods volume of foreign sea transport was in total 7.3 million tonnes in June 2020. Sea transport decreased by 15 per cent from last year's June. Exports decreased by eight per cent and were 3.9 million tonnes. Import volume decreased by 22 per cent and amounted to 3.3 million tonnes.

Foreign sea Transport by month (tonnes) in 2018 to 2020

Foreign sea Transport by month (tonnes) in 2018 to 2020

General cargo was transported most, in total 1.4 million tonnes, which is 19 per cent of all transport. The second most transported was oil products, 1.0 million tonnes, and chemicals, 0.6 million tonnes.

Container transport

A total of 1.0 million tonnes of containers were transported through Finnish ports in June 2020, which is five per cent less than in June 2019. The number of containers transported was 73,273 (131,432 TEU containers) 1) . Exports of containers went down by eight per cent measured in tonnes and imports stayed unchanged compared to June 2019.

Vehicle transport

A total of 218,339 transport equipment were transported in foreign sea traffic in June 2020. Most transports of transport equipment were passenger cars belonging to passengers. In June, 122,982 passenger cars were transported. The second most transported were trucks, 57,621 and truck trailers, 35,422.

Passenger traffic

A total of 463,447 persons were transported in passenger traffic in June 2020. In all, 375,234 persons travelled between Finland and Estonia and 73,280 persons between Finland and Sweden. Altogether, 9,476 passengers were transported between Finland and Latvia and 5,456 passengers between Finland and Germany. Passengers made up only 22 per cent of the number of passengers in June 2019. In June 2020, no passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland.

Vessel traffic and goods volume in the Saimaa Canal

A total of 146,567 tons of transport were registered through the canal in foreign traffic. Timber was transported most in vessels in foreign traffic, in total 76,882 tonnes. The second most transported was crude minerals and cement.

1) TEU, the basic measurement unit of container traffic, refers to one container that is twenty feet long, eight feet wide and 8.5 feet high.

Source: Transport and tourism, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Kokkonen 029 551 3770, Sami Lahtinen 029 551 3207,

Director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Updated 04.08.2020

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Foreign Shipping Traffic [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-2002. June 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.6.2024].
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